ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012; Sets New Records for Newbuildings & Class Transfers
Tokyo – ClassNK on Wednesday released its official registration figures for the year 2012, proving once again that the Tokyo-based class society is the indisputable champion when it comes to gross tonnage.
In a statement, ClassNK revealed that in 2012 the society registered 964 vessels totaling 25.7 million gross tons, setting new records for both number of vessels and total gross tonnage registered in a single year. The new figures cap more than a decade of staggering growth by the Society, and marks the tenth straight year that ClassNK has set a new record in terms of total tonnage added to its register.
Additions to the ClassNK register in 2012 were primarily driven by a record number of newbuilding registrations, according to the ClassNK data. Of the 964 vessels registered throughout the course of the year, newbuilding registrations accounted for approximately 71%, or 692 vessels, totaling 20.3 million gross tons.
“Our achievements in 2012 have set a new standard for both ourselves and the maritime industry, but we firmly believe that these successes are only a reflection of the trust we have earned from shipowners and shipyards around the world,” said ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda of the new data.
Perhaps most surprisingly, registrations of vessels transferred to ClassNK from other class societies amounted to 272 vessels totaling 5.4 million gross tons, more than 28% in terms of ship numbers and 21% of gross tonnage registered by the society in 2012. This too marks a new record for ClassNK, roughly doubling the Society’s previous record of 137 vessels totaling 2.9 million gross tons set in 2011.
“Our growth in Europe in particular has increased our registration of existing vessels, with transfers of German owners alone accounting for roughly 20% of all existing tonnage registered in 2012,” Ueda noted.
Mr. Ueda went on to say that “While newbuilding registrations are forecast to fall in the years ahead, we expect to maintain our current record breaking pace of registrations through this year, and hope to report similar figures in 2013.”